THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR OF JORMA
KAUKONEN (Homespun Video, 90 minutes) Intended to teach fans
of Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane how the lead guitarist performs
his blues-based fingerpicking, this covers runs, chord shapes,
right-hand picking, vibrato, string bends, double-time patterns
and much more. Several songs are demonstrated including "I
Know You Rider," "Water Song" and "San Francisco
Bay Blues." While definitely intended for guitar students,
this is also of interest to Jorma's many fans.
THE ARISTOCATS (Walt Disney
Home Video, 79 minutes) This animated classic is about a family
of cats who become desirable for the wrong reasons after their
owner dies and leaves them a fortune. The cats get kidnapped but
take their future into their own hands and go off to hang out
with other cats. Don't miss this if you're a cat lover! It's been
one of the rarer, lesser-known Disney films. I'd never seen it
before this limited video release but it reminded me of 101
Dalmatians. Very heartwarming.
BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (Miramax
Home Entertainment) Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O'Donnell
and Uma Thurman star in this comedy about a group of friends who
reunite for a high school reunion. It's about relationships and
the importance of beauty versus substance. Well done.
BEFORE AND AFTER (Hollywood
Pictures Home Video, 108 minutes) Meryl Streep and Liam Nelson
star in this suspense film about a family who learn their teenage
son is suspected of killing a girl he was dating without their
knowledge. They hire a lawyer and then one by one each member
of the family does things to affect the case which work against
the lawyer's strategy. The film raises deep questions about how
well we really know our own family members, about how people can
be expected to react in a crisis and about how unpredictable the
law can be. Highly recommended.
BIG BULLY (Warner Home
Video) Lots of big name actors star in this comedy about a bully
and his victim who are reunited once again as adults. Now they
are both teachers and have children who get dragged into the feud
and ultimately make them resolve it. Tom Arnold stars as the bully,
Rick Moranis plays the victim, and the supporting cast includes
Julianne Phillips, Carol Kane and Don Knotts. More believable
than many comedies, this is particularly touching if you were
ever picked on as a child.
BLOOD & DONUTS (Live
Entertainment, 89 minutes) Vampires are the theme here in this
horror film about a vampire who wakes up from a 27-year-old nap.
He meets and falls for a waitress in the local donut shop. Worth
seeing if you like vampire films, but this one offers nothing
BOTTLE ROCKET (Columbia
Tristar Home Video, 91 minutes) There are differences between
amateur and professional criminals and those lines are explored
in this film about three friends who pull small-time jobs until
they meet someone who can plan larger heists. Stars James Caan
as the local "godfather" and three newcomers as the
apprentices. Well done.
THE CAT'S MEOW (Brentwood Home Video, 30 minutes) Cat lovers will melt as they watch this assortment of cats and kittens filmed at cat shows and playing at home. There are pedigrees, alley cats, talented cats, curious cats and, of course, many cute cats. My own cats were intrigued watching this. They sat on the bed and stared at the TV, occasionally meowing which they rarely do. A companion video exists for dog fans too.
CELTIC PRIDE (Hollywood
Pictures Home Video, 90 minutes) I expected to hate this comedy
when I saw it was about basketball, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Dan Aykroyd, Daniel Stern and Damon Wayans star in this film
about two Boston Celtic fans who kidnap a player on the opposing
team to help the Celtics win the championship. He eventually escapes
and makes them pay. Well worth seeing, even if you hate sports
as I do.
CHILDREN OF THE CORN IV
(Dimension Home Video, 85 minutes) Like most horror film sequels,
this one has little to do with its originator, Stephen King. It's
about a town where the children become murderers every few years
and the townspeople and visitors who become victims. This one
had more gore than plot as might be expected since its the third
sequel. If you liked the others you'll love this one too, but
if you like special effects or engrossing character development
in your horror films this will utterly bore you.
CITY HALL (Columbia Tristar
Home Video, 111 minutes) Al Pacino, John Cusack, Bridget Fonda
and Danny Aiello star in this political drama about a mayor, his
aide and the people they cut deals with to make the city survive,
thrive and progress. Deals with the gray areas of not being able
to do your job and shows how and why corruption occurs. Worth
THE CRAFT (Columbia Tristar
Home Video, 109 minutes) Although it takes some liberties with
the powers of the occult, this film about four high school girls
who dabble with witchcraft is very well done. Overall, this will
probably make many viewers more curious about the occult. There's
lots of realism in the portrayal of the high school students'
behavior. Worth seeing, especially if you are interested in magic
or are a fan of films like Heathers.
DENISE CALLS UP (Columbia
Tristar Home Video, 87 minutes) This film deals with several friends
whose entire friendship is spent on the phone as they chat while
typing on their laptops and squeeze calls into their busy days.
Makes strong but subtle statements about relationships and how
busy and isolated we have all become.
DIABOLIQUE (Warner Home Video)
Sharon Stone and Kathy Bates star in this thriller about a wife
and a mistress who conspire to murder the husband. He survives
and it's later revealed the real target was the wife. The mistress
has a last minute change of heart and so the plot twists and turns
while Stone's superb acting keeps you riveted. It's not her best
role, but she makes everything she's in shine.
DON'T BE A MENACE (Miramax
Home Entertainment) This spoof on Black "Hood" films
stars Marlon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans and Shawn Wayans. I found
parts of this hilarious and other parts very poignant. Very well
done as might be expected from the creator of In Living Color.
If these films are a genre now, although quite different from
the Black exploitation films of the 1970s, then this film is by
far the best of the lot. Worth seeing.
ERASER (Warner Home Video)
Although I'm hardly a fan or Arnold Schwarzenegger's, this film
has a plot intriguing enough to interest me anyway. Arnold plays
an eraser who works for the FBI's Witness Protection program and
it is his job to make a witness vanish and be reborn again at
a new location with a new identity. He's especially good at what
he does and gets assigned only the Bureau's toughest cases. Good
plot and believable acting make this a winner.
EXECUTIVE DECISION (Warner
Home Video) I first saw this in the theater, in one of those situations
where four people plan to go to the movies and three of them want
to see one thing and you don't. They won and I was never so happy
to be wrong about a film and forced to see something I'd have
preferred to skip. Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal star in this
action thriller about a bomb on a plane. Yes, the plot's been
done before, but never like this! This is a totally absorbing
film. It's believable, it's scary and it's engrossing. I watched
it again as soon as it hit video. Great screenplay, great acting
and even a great ending. Highly recommended even for people who'd
usually pass on this type of film.
FRENCH TWIST (Miramax
Home Entertainment, 100 minutes) Subtitles turn me off, but I
found myself sitting through all of this sexy comedy about a wife
who has been cheated on. She has a fling with a lesbian when the
opportunity arises, and moves the woman into her home. The husband
is slow to come around to the idea but eventually even agrees
to father a child for the lesbian. This is pretty well done for
a movie, and while lesbians are insulted here they are also demystified
and treated fairly. Says a lot about why people have affairs,
how they can cause pain and about some of the differences between
men and women.
HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL
MYERS (Dimension Home Video, 88 minutes) This sequel to the
popular horror series explores a slightly different theme. Here
Michael, the killer, turns out to be alive and to have been kept
hidden for several years. He now has a child and comes back along
with another original character, Dr. Loomis, played by Donald
Pleasence. Worth seeing if you like the series, but offers nothing
special in terms of originality or special effects when compared
to other recent horror films.
THE HEMP REVOLUTION (Tara
Releasing, 72 minutes 415-454-5838) Uses for hemp in printing
and medicine, as well as an exploration of why the drug remains
illegal, are the focus of this documentary. Useful for classrooms,
entertainment purposes and to send as a gift to legislators, this
film does a good job of making you feel marijuana should be decriminalized.
Most impressive was the testimony from paper manufacturers about
the reliability of hemp paper and the need for alternatives to
killing trees, as well as the footage from other countries where
hemp grows wild and where it is used to make clothing as well
as for food. Worth seeing if you are a social smoker, but especially
if you still think the battle is really only about saving young
people from experimenting with drugs.
HOMEWARD BOUND II: LOST IN
SAN FRANCISCO (Walt Disney Home Video, 89 minutes) This sequel
reunites all three of the pets who get lost and must travel in
order to find their human family again. This time the family has
moved to San Francisco and the pets need to cross the Golden Gate
Bridge, avoid dognappers who want to sell them to a lab and deal
with one of the dogs who falls in love with a stray and isn't
so sure he wants to go back home again. It's as heartwarming as
the first film, although the plot is a bit more predictable, and
animal lovers of all ages should be sure not to miss this.
HOW THE WEST WAS FUN (Warner
Home Video) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen star with Martin Mull in
this film about two kids who visit a dude ranch and discover a
woman's son is trying to cause her financial ruin to benefit himself.
Lots of cute kids, western gear, corporate politics and a predictable
happy ending. Worth seeing if you enjoy watching the twins who
are best known for their work in the TV sitcom Full House.
IF LUCY FELL (Columbia
Tristar Home Video, 102 minutes) Sarah Jessica Parker, Elle Macpherson
and Eric Schaeffer star in this superb romantic comedy about two
friends who make a pact to commit suicide by jumping off the Brooklyn
Bridge at age 30 if they are not happily married or involved with
someone great. As the date nears, the two friends must take stock
of their lives and where analyze where their relationships have
gone and are going. Predictable ending, but worth seeing anyway.
JACK & SARAH (PolyGram
Video, 110 minutes) A man's wife dies in childbirth, leaving him
to care for his newborn infant. So he hires a nanny, but mistreats
her after she moves in with him and leaves a female presence him
his still-healing household. Ultimately he realizes he has fallen
in love again despite himself. This warm-hearted romantic tale
stars Richard E. Grant and Samantha Mathis.
KEROUAC (Mystic Fire
Video, 73 minutes) The life of writer Jack Kerouac is explored
in this documentary. Included are interviews with Allen Ginsberg,
William Burroughs and others, as well as clips from television
interviews Kerouac did with Steve Allen and William Buckley. Worth
seeing if you are a fan, or a discouraged writer interested in
seeing what Kerouac went through before being able to earn a living
through his writing.
KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY (Paramount Home Video, 89 minutes) This comedy focuses on the invention and rushed release of a new happiness drug, Gleemonex. The film explores the new drug's marketing, and its effects on and transformation of the people who consume it. As some of them start to fall into comas, the drug's inventor tries to stop his own creation. Very well done and worth seeing if you like the comedy troupe, use drugs or enjoy lighthearted comedies.
LAST DANCE (Touchstone
Home Video, 103 minutes) Sharon Stone stars in this gripping drama
about a female convict scheduled to be executed and the man assigned
to be in charge of her case. The ending is not entirely predictable
and the acting and script are first-rate. Don't miss this!
LAST MAN STANDING
(PM Entertainment Group, Inc.) Cops and robbers is the theme here
as a bank robber battles the police and turns out to have friends
in high places who assist him. Lots of guns, chase scenes and
explosive fires with a hunt that becomes personal to the officer
in charge. Stars Jeff Wincott and will appeal more to those who
like lots of action scenes than a unique plot or big name stars.
THE LAST SUPPER (Columbia
Tristar Home Video, 104 minutes) This very gray film involves
a group of graduate students who get together for dinner and debate
once a week. One night they commit murder and then decide to begin
inviting dinner guests who deserve to be murdered for their political
beliefs. Stars Jason Alexander, Nora Dunn, Mark Harmon, Charles
Durning and Ron Perlman. Worth seeing with someone else for the
debate you'll have after seeing this.
LIFEFORCE (Live Entertainment,
90 minutes) In the footsteps of Aliens and Species
comes this sci-fi film about a creature who lands on Earth and
baffles the military. An entire office is put under quarantine
and must deal not only with containing the creature while they
try to learn from it, but must deal with their own conflicts with
each other and how to survive in a sudden crisis. Great special
effects, as you can imagine. The creatures get better and better,
while the plots stay pretty much the same.
MRS. WINTERBOURNE (Columbia
Tristar Home Video, 106 minutes) Shirley MacLaine, Ricki Lake
and Brendan Fraser star in this romantic comedy about a rich woman
who essentially adopts an unwed mother after a train wreck, mistakingly
believing she is her daughter-in-law after her son and real daughter-in-law
were killed in the wreck. Very endearing, uplifting and certainly
Tristar Home Video, 120 minutes) Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowell
star in this comedy about a guy who just can't find enough time
for both work and family. He has himself cloned, hoping that by
having several of him around there'll be enough of him to be everywhere
at once. He neglects, however, to plan for mistakes the clones
might make and the scriptwriters did a great job with creating
creative situations the clones have to face with no warning. Good
acting and special effects, but it's thanks to a great script
that this film works.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS: DIRECTOR'S
CUT (Vidmark Entertainment, 182 minutes) This landmark film
went through several movie companies before winding up here. Vidmark
did the job right, pulling no punches and adding over an hour
of bonus footage. There's also narration by Director Oliver Stone
and a behind-the-scenes making-of-the-film special too. Fans of
the movie will not want to miss this, and those who haven't yet
seen this gray film (which stars Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis,
Robert Downey, Jr. and Tommy Lee Jones) are advised to choose
this version of it to see.
NO CONTEST (Columbia Tristar
Home Video, 98 minutes) Andrew Dice Clay, Robert Davi and Shannon
Tweed star in this action film about a beauty contest whose contestants
get taken hostage by a group of terrorists. The police stand outside
trying to free the hostages while the terrorists kill them and
blow up cars to make the seriousness of their demands felt. Not
bad for its genre, this actually has a female lead save the day.
OUR CENTURY: 1958-1980
(Central Park Media, 110 minutes) Part of a series on American
History, this tape focuses on the politics, fashion, music and
news events that shaped the Baby Boom generation. From the Beatles
to Nixon to the assassination of Kennedy, it's all here. Not too
much time is spent on any one event or issue and those who are
too young to remember the 1960s will enjoy this brief, colorful
look at it. I wanted to see it for the coverage of rock music
and was not disappointed, although I found myself liking some
of the included political segments better.
THE PALLBEARER (Miramax
Home Entertainment, 93 minutes) This comedy is about a nice guy
who gets asked to be a pallbearer for a high school friend whom
he is certain he never knew. Rather than offend the hysterical
mother, he agrees to do it and becomes closer and closer to her
in the weeks that follow. Meanwhile, he runs into a woman he had
a crush on in high school and begins seeing her too. The romantic
triangle stars David Schwimmer, Gwyneth Paltrow and Barbara Hershey.
PRIMAL FEAR (Paramount
Home Video, 130 minutes) Richard Gere stars as a top-notch defense
attorney who takes on the case of an altar boy accused of murdering
the local archbishop. Gere is superb and this is one of the best
performances of his career. The script is well done too, and keeps
you hanging until the end. Highly recommended both for fans of
Gere and for fans of the legal process.
(Vidmark Entertainment, 90 minutes) Gangsters Ma Barker and her
sons are the subject of this film which stars Alyssa Milano, Eric
Roberts and Theresa Russell. The focus here is on a sympathetic
portrayal of the gangsters and a recreation of how they committed
their crimes and outran the FBI for so long. Much better than
you'd think, this film is well worth seeing if true crime interests
you at all.
RED RIBBONS (Water Bearer
Films, 62 minutes) Retired adult film actress Georgina Spelvin
stars along with Quentin Crisp in this film about a theater group
that has lost its leader to AIDS. They gather together to remember
him and to await a visit from his mother who abandoned him when
she learned he was gay (played by Spelvin). This probably has
limited appeal to those not interested in AIDS, homosexual or
the theater. It's well done though, is very pro-gay, and is worth
seeing if you'd like to increase your understanding of other people's
lifestyles or of how people cope with losing a friend or colleague
SCORCHING HOT SEXXX (Private Moments #295 available from G.R.G. Enterprises (847) 657-9055, 60 minutes) This amateur, X-rated adult film involves a couple where the male partner is a long-haired musician. Both people are tattooed and the female appears to have had implants. They rented a hotel room to make this video and while an unseen cameraman films them they engage in over a half dozen sexual positions. Well done technically and clearly less faked than most mainstream adult films, this had less kissing and foreplay than I'd expect from a real couple. I wonder whether the market demands strictly hard action or whether this couple downplayed it on this one occasion.
(Columbia Tristar Home Video, 118 minutes) This sci-fi action
thriller stars Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis and Jennifer Rubin. It's
about a man assigned to protect others from ravage and plunder
through the use of Screamers. Screamers are manmade killing devices
which travel underground and shriek right before they attack their
prey. They mutate in human form and, of course, must be stopped.
Lots of good special effects and a story line that works better
than I've been able to describe it. Worth seeing if you enjoyed
films like Alien, Tremors or Total Recall.
SIREN (Wolfe Video, 45
minutes) This erotic lesbian fantasy drama was made by women for
women. It's not an adult film, but it does deal with a character
who writes erotic fiction and does have some sex scenes. Very
different, both in point of view and photographic style. Worth
seeing if lesbianism interests you or if you like feminist films.
SOFT DECEIT (Turner Home
Entertainment, 95 minutes) Kate Vernon and Patrick Bergin star
in this thriller about a very savvy criminal who eludes the law,
the church and the mob and then gets released in a deal with law
enforcement only to elude the law again. Vernon plays the cop
who makes the deal and then falls for Bergin and ends up siding
with and helping him. Good plot and one of her better roles. Definitely
SOUTH BEACH ACADEMY (Live
Entertainment, 91 minutes) Adult film star Ron Jeremy has a role
in this film which also stars Corey Feldman and Al Lewis. It's
about two brothers who try to save the beach school one of them
works at. Lots of babes, bikinis and water sports. Well done for
its genre, but not for when you are in the mood for a film with
deep meaning to it.
STRIPTEASE (Columbia Tristar
Home Video, 116 minutes) Demi Moore stars in this film about a
desperate woman involved in a custody battle who turns to stripping
in order to raise some fast cash to use to fund her case. Moore
was reportedly paid 12 million dollars to appear nude in the film
and her acting here was worth every penny. Burt Reynolds and Armand
Assante also star but are far less compelling. Worth seeing as
one of the best examples of Hollywood's portrayals of stripping.
THE SUBSTITUTE (Live Entertainment,
114 minutes) A high school teacher is married to a mercenary and
after she is beaten by some of her students he becomes their substitute
teacher. The entire school is corrupt, with even the principal
working hand in hand with gang leaders to sell drugs and trying
to stop the substitute teacher from breaking it up at all costs.
Tom Berenger, Ernie Hudson and Diane Venora star in this action
film which has some violence, of course, but much more plot and
character development than much of its genre offers. Worth seeing.
SUNSET PARK (Columbia Tristar
Home Video, 99 minutes) Rhea Perlman stars in this terrific film
about a white female basketball coach stuck with a team of black
males who come from the streets. Along with a soundtrack featuring
today's top black artists, this has a solid plot designed to
cut across racial, sexual and generational boundaries. Worth seeing.
SURVIVORS OF THE HOLOCAUST (Turner Home Entertainment, 70 minutes) In making Schindler's List, Steven Spielberg, like most of his counterparts, did extensive and intensive research, including interviewing survivors, learning from each one, and getting their help in figuring out what did actually happen, where, what the place looked like, etc. All of this went into Shindler's List. Others would have stopped right there, but not Spielberg. He believed that it was essential to create a computerized file of interviews and data from survivors of the holocaust, and not just what they went through then but also what has been their lot since then. Most of them are senior citizens, with many really old now, which meant getting to work on it now or never.
He did it, with the help of a large staff including programmers, interviewers (and those who trained them and the development of an interviewing technique, style, etc.), technical people for everything from the computers to the lighting in people's homes, And people working in all the languages the survivors speak: German, Yiddish, Hungarian, Russian, Italian, Greek, French, Dutch, and, of course, English and Hebrew, for those who have adapted the languages of the countries they have lived in now for almost fifty years.
This done, the work had to be publicized, essentially via show and tell, so he made two more movies, this time short ones, being marketed on this single videotape. The first describes the concept, the project , which is still going on, and the ultimate purpose, education, so that it will never happen again to anybody anywhere. Between the narrator (Spielberg) and the audience (us) is Ben Kingsley, serving as host and asking all the right questions, making useful observations, and eliciting detailed information on how the interviews were done, how collected, and clear, fascinating information about the structure, composition and use of the data base and the capabilities of the computers, what they do, how, why...
The second movie presents some of the survivors, with their spouses and children, in comfortable homes, surrounded by love, but still deeply affected by what happened to them that took control of their lives and selves. These are real people, not actors who smile or weep on cue. Some are the sole survivors of large families; others made it through with one or two relatives or close friends, and some really did find a relative alive somewhere when it was all over.
In these testimonies, one is moved by the pain and suffering, and by the difficulty for children without families to develop a positive sense of identity and self esteem. But one is also struck by the resilience of these otherwise ordinary people--people who are like the rest of us, almost. Questions arise that a study like this may ultimately be able to answer, because it will be possible, and perhaps already is, to check one interview against another or compare group with group, and look at bits of data among all the individuals to see in what ways the survivors differed from those who did not survive. Were they really all stronger? Was it the physical strength plus or minus something else? What kind of work have they done since, and what kind during and before WWII? Are there common denominators?
Many questions remain to be answered
and to be asked. Take a look at this videotape, bearing in mind
that the events that changed their lives took place when they
were about the age of many of the readers of this magazine. You
can help Spielberg in this effort. If you know someone who is
a survivor of the holocaust, including those who were not in concentration
camps--children living incognito or in hiding, adults or whole
families successfully hidden without being betrayed, those who
were in ghettos, and members of the underground, urge them to
become part of this project, to be counted, and remembered, and
to be informative and to testify, forever, by themselves via their
inclusion now on Spielberg's list. All it takes is a phone call
to the Shoah Foundation at 800-661-2092 (U.S. and Canada) or
818-777-7802 (everywhere else). (Carolyn Gilboa)
TALES OF EROTICA (Vidmark
Entertainment, 103 minutes) Four notable film directors, Ken Russell,
Melvin Van Peebles, Susan Seidelman and Bob Rafaelson, each produce
an erotic segment for this erotic compilation. The segments portray
a woman who escapes into a painting, a motorcycle which becomes
a dream lover when driven, a hot-tub salesman seduced by a customer
and a man who follows a woman because he is seduced by the noises
he hears coming from her room. Although none of these turned me
on, they are each unique and well done. Worth seeing if you are
a fan of sex in art.
TIMEPIECE (Water Bearer Films, 58 minutes) Seven gay men in San Francisco get together for a surprise 30th birthday party for one of the group. Their fictional conversation, about everything from coming out to living with AIDS to finding true love, deals with central issues in the lives of gay men and has relevancy to heterosexuals too. This is very well done and definitely worth seeing.
TURN UP THE VOLUME (Brentwood
Home Video, 50 minutes) The first six volumes of this rock and
roll video magazine series include unique and exclusive footage
of rock stars ranging from Megadeth to Soundgarden to Kiss. Nina
Blackwood hosts the tapes which have segments that run approximately
ten minutes each with artists like Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Lita
Ford, Ozzy Osborne, Jon Anderson, Mr. Big, Sass Jordan and Ugly
Kid Joe. These are very well done and worth owning if you like
even a few of the bands included.
TWO MUCH (Touchstone Home
Video, 117 minutes) Antonio Banderas stars as a thief who makes
his living by showing up at funerals and trying to get the family
to pay for artwork the deceased supposedly purchased shortly before
his death. One of his sales backfires, and in the process of ducking
the family member who wants to beat him up for trying to cheat
them he meets Melanie Griffith. She decides she wants to marry
him and begins making plans before he even knows her. Her sister,
played by Daryl Hannah, quickly complicates the arrangement as
does Banderas himself when he reinvents himself as his twin brother
in order to propose to Daryl Hannah whom he finds himself wanting
more than Griffith. Good acting, although the plot is a bit unbelievable.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
(Touchstone Home Video, 124 minutes) Robert Redford and Michelle
Pfeiffer star in this terrific film about two journalists who
work together and fall in love. Redford gives one of his best
performances ever as Pfeiffer's mentor and the film delves into
the problems of a dual-career couple as well as some of the harsh
realities behind the camera in the world of TV news. This is a
must-see film which continues to offer plot twists until the very
end which were not predictable from the film's outset.
WAVELENGTH (Paramount Home
Video, 94 minutes) A Physics professor at Oxford has romantic
problems with both his wife and his mistress. Stars Jeremy Piven,
Kelli Williams and Sir Richard Attenborough. He's got four weeks
to further Einstein's research, but his mind is elsewhere and
his lovers are out to sabotage his work.
WILLIE WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE
FACTORY (Warner Home Video) This 25th anniversary
edition of the film features a remastered version with a stereo
soundtrack. Gene Wilder stars as the eccentric owner of a candy
company who allows several contest winners in to tour his company.
The film focuses on who the winners are, the tour itself and the
lessons learned by each character when the tour does not go as
planned. This is mandatory viewing for all ages which will delight
and entertain you at least once. Some of the candy developed to
promote the film is still sold today at convenience stores and
is worth looking for after you've seen the film.